Following the additional trials held at Newark last night for Second Row players and Hookers, the NLD U17’s Squad, which will reconvene in August prior to final squad selection for the Midlands Championship games, is as follows. The new additions to the current squad are shown in capital letters:
The Coaches would like to thank all those players who participated in the additional trials last night, and encourage those who were not selected this time round to keep enjoying their rugby and train and play hard as other opportunities may arise next season.
For the current squad players, the preparation is now complete for this season, although everyone is reminded that the Coaches will expect to see considerable improvement in any areas of weakness that have been identified. Those players who can demonstrate that they have committed to improving their strength, fitness and skills over the Summer are likely to enjoy most success when the Midlands Championship begins.
As far as preparation goes for the Midlands games, here is the programme as it stands for when the Squad reassembles in August:
Sunday 21 August – Training 10:30 – 12:30
Sunday 28 August – Training 10:30 – 12:30
Wednesday 31 August – Warm up game (TBC)
Sunday 04 September – Training 10:30 – 12:30
Sunday 11 September – Warm up game v Eastern Counties (at Newark RFC)
FOLLOWING THIS GAME THE SQUAD NUMBERS WILL BE CUT TO THE FINAL 35 PLAYERS
Monday 12 September – Training 18:30 – 21:00
Monday 19 September – Training 10:30 – 12:30
Monday 26 September – Training 18:30 – 21:00
Wednesday 28 September – Championship game v Leicestershire (at Newark RFC)
Monday 10 October – Training 18:30 – 21:00
Wednesday 12 October – Match v TBC
Monday 17 October – Training 18:30 – 21:00
Monday 24 October – Training 18:30 – 21:00
Wednesday 26 October – Championship game v East Midlands (away – venue TBC)
Monday 31 October – Training 18:30 – 21:00
Sunday 06 November – Midlands Super Sunday (Broadstreet RFC)
As usual, any players who know they are unavailable for any of these dates are requested to notify Squad Manager, Lee Slack) as soon as possible.
We all look forward to working hard with you to maximise your potential and achievement as players during the coming campaign.